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Residential Solid Waste - Yardwaste

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2020 Yard waste collection start date is Monday, April 6th

Waste Management provides yard waste collection services to our residents as part of their contract. The pickup dates typically range from April through mid-November. However, due to uncertainties with the weather, these dates are subject to change.  Please plan ahead as much as possible when doing your yard work. Once Waste Management discontinues collection for the season it is your responsibility to get rid of yard waste or move it away from the City right-of-ways until spring. When the compost sites are closed for the winter, we can't load up the trucks with yard waste.  Maple Grove’s yardwaste disposal site accepts materials for a fee.  

Collection Options:

Yard waste must be prepared for collection either in a compostable bag, garbage-can, or bundled.

  • Compostable bag info here (State Law Requirement on types of bags) - limit of 30 pounds/bag
  • Or use a garbage can for yard waste disposal. Use a galvanized or “Rubbermaid-type” container with a lid for compost disposal.  Contents cannot weigh more than 40 pounds.  The container must have a sign that clearly reads “Compost” or “Yardwaste”.  Write on your container with permanent marker or create your own yard waste sign.  If you have multiple yard waste containers, only 1 container is required to be labeled per residence. 

    Yardwaste bags or containers must be placed 5 feet from garbage and recycling carts.

    Acceptable Yardwaste Materials (collections begin April 6th)

    Compost: Grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, pine cones, acorns, small hedge shavings, twigs under 1/2 inch in diameter and under 3 inches long, weeds, flowers and garden waste should be bagged (under 30 pounds in compostable bags).  No limit on small yard waste and no stickers required. 

    Branches: Brush, hedge clippings and branches must be bundled and are collected by the compost truck.  Branches must be under 3 inches in diameter and under 5 feet in length, bundles of branches must weigh under 30 pounds.  Larger debris cannot be picked up even if split into smaller diameter as these are too dense and would damage the compacter in the truck.  Stickers are not required.  For larger branches, limbs and trunks, contact a tree service or contact the Maple Grove’s Yardwaste disposal site for drop-off charges and instructions.

    Christmas Trees:  Each residential household is limited to free collection of one Christmas tree which must be prepared in the following manner: tree must be under five feet long (if it is not, cut the tree into lengths under five feet), metal stands, ornaments and tinsel must be removed, and tree is set alongside your garbage container.  DO NOT bag the tree.


    The SKB Malcolm Transfer Station in Minneapolis will take your tree for $10 if residents need an alternative. The Transfer Station is located at 630 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414. It is open year round and will continue to take Christmas trees anytime during operating hours, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Storm Debris Reminders: City crew’s first priority is opening roads and alleys. Public tree debris (boulevard and park trees) will be initially pushed aside to clear roads and then cleared with priorities to roads and alleys over sidewalks.

    Private trees belong to homeowners. (Whose Tree Is it?). Homeowners are responsible for storm damage to their trees in the same way as they are responsible for storm damage to their homes.  The City’s yardwaste hauler, Waste Management, will take branches under 3 inches in diameter and under 5 feet in length, bundles.  They pick up the yardwaste using a garbage truck.  The bundles cannot be longer than 5 feet in length, so the haulers can safely load by hand into the back of the garbage truck.  Larger debris cannot be picked up even if split into smaller diameter as these are too dense and would damage the compacter in the truck.   

    Larger tree debris needs to be removed by private contractors or taken to tree waste disposal sites – there are fees charged at disposal sites.  Robbinsdale’s yardwaste pick up is curb-side for residents; Robbinsdale does not pay for drop-off sites. 


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